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Poster: sntb Date: Aug 14, 2009 5:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Dead-related: If you're in or passing through Northampton, Massachusetts

For the last 20 or so years, the Arts Council in Northampton, MA has held an event the last Tuesday of August called "Transperformance". It's a lovely open air event held at the Pines Theater in Look Park.

A theme is announced early in the year (past themes: British invasion, NYC bands, bands with animal names, punk, bands with colors in their name, southern rock..etc) and local bands are invited to play a 3 song set as a band that falls under that year's category.

I play drums in several bands in the area and so over the past years I've "played in" The Stooges, Moody Blues, Beatles, Doors, Monkees, Velvet Underground, even Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. It's always a total hoot, and usually packed with folks enjoying the end of summer. Some big names who live in the area have even gotten into the act. J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) was an "Allman Brothers Band" member, and Mark Mulcahy, Lloyd Cole and Chris Collingwood have all taken part as well. (Sonic Youth have not...yet)

SO...this year, the theme is Woodstock. And I'm in "The Grateful Dead"!!! Wooo!
Though none of my actual bands play anything very Dead-influenced, I do have musician friends like myself who can't deny our fandom. Long story short, we got, of all people,
BRUCE MANDARO (formerly of the original Slipknot!) to be the Jerry.
other members and their roles:
Dave Houghton of Fancy Trash as Bob Weir
Ernie Wilson of Big Bad Bollocks as Phil
Scott Hall of Drunk Stuntmen as TC
Jason Smith of Fancy Trash as Micky
and myself as Billy (I'm even growing a damn mustache!)

No, we're not doing what the Dead did at Woodstock. We only have 12 minutes in fact.
Thus, no Pig Pen, no Dark Star.
BUT we've chisled a continuous 3-song set that incorporates (hopefully) much of what made the Dead great in '69. I won't give away titles, but if you guess 3 songs often played in 69 that don't involve Pig and isn't Dark Star, I bet you won't be disappointed.

The crowd is pretty family friendly, though in Northampton that means your typical bunch of yoga moms, professor dads and drop out kids. You'll dig it.

We go on around 7:45, and at 8:15 I'm back again as Mitch Mitchell with "Jimi Hendrix"!
Here's the full line up:
http://www.northamptonartscouncil.org/view/web/id/7678

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Aug 14, 2009 6:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead-related: If you're in or passing through Northampton, Massachusetts

hmmmm a 12 minute St Stephen > Eleven > The Other One

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Poster: sntb Date: Aug 14, 2009 10:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead-related: If you're in or passing through Northampton, Massachusetts

Give that man (2/3 of) a banana!
That's almost exactly what we were gonna do, but SO difficult to get an Eleven jam all lubed up in a short period of time. It's too fun and rewarding to keep it short.
So we actually, after much back and forth, came up with a combo never heard heard before as far as I know (well maybe in Dead rehearsals), but which strangely works...
And there will still be a bit of drums and intense jam and a meltdown/freakout. Just in bite sized pieces.
We're not getting paid $5K or whatever that figure was...

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 14, 2009 12:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead-related: If you're in or passing through Northampton, Massachusetts

hmmmm, maybe i will go check that out. i am only about 15 minutes away (West Springfield).

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 14, 2009 12:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead-related: If you're in or passing through Northampton, Massachusetts

Springfield now? Guess I missed the move during the combination of my absence and your whole "gee, let's get married" thing.

C'mon, you miss Foxboro.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 14, 2009 1:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead-related: If you're in or passing through Northampton, Massachusetts

lol :)

gotta say, I am loving the Pioneer Valley and western MA. great being so much closer to the Berkshires, Tanglewood, and Vermont (where my wife's family has a beautiful mountain home).

A move out here (at least for the time being) was definitely what I needed. Never felt better in my whole life (and having an absolutely wonderful, kind, beautiful wife certainly does not hurt)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 15, 2009 10:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead-related: If you're in or passing through Northampton, Massachusetts

Hmmm...where can we all get one of those?



[JK; I already have one...it just sounds so sincere when you say it, you infatuated, head over heels bastard...]

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 15, 2009 12:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead-related: If you're in or passing through Northampton, Massachusetts

"it just sounds so sincere when you say it, you infatuated, head over heels bastard..."


guilty as charged :)



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